Croatian unions force referendum

June 24, 2010, midnight

Trade unions in Croatia last Thursday gathered the 450,000 signatures needed to force a referendum on a proposed amendment to the country’s labor laws. Their drive is a response to a draft government bill that would limit collective bargaining rights and allow for easier employee dismissals. The government wants to reduce labor costs, which it says are preventing economic growth and stymieing the country’s European Union membership bid. Prime Minister Jadranka KOSOR said the government will hold the referendum but warned that it would cost approximately US 30 million dollars.

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